Touching on Demi’s well-known battle with addiction, De La Garza shared how the experience changed her perspective, saying, “From that point on, I never allowed myself to think that things wouldn’t be OK.”
De La Garza, who detailed her family’s battles in the memoir Falling With Wings: A Mother’s Story, says she first learned of Lovato’s overdose through a phone call from the singer’s then-assistant, Kelsey Kershner. “She said, ‘Demi overdosed,’” De La Garza recalled. “I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It was just something that I never, ever expected to hear as a parent, about any of my kids. I hesitated to ask, but I had to ask her — I remember it just seemed like the words took forever to come out of my mouth. I said, ‘Is she OK?’”
De La Garza recalled how Kershner stopped for a second before informing her that Lovato was conscious but not speaking. “That’s when I knew we were in trouble.” she added.
“We got there as quickly as we could. We jumped out of the car and ran into the emergency room to be by her side and she just didn’t look good at all. She was in bad shape, but I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here; I love you.’ And at that point she said, ‘I love you too.’” De La Garza emotionally remembers.
Over the next few days, while Lovato was in critical condition, De La Garza says she relied on her faith to help her daughter make it though. “We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.”
The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer remained in the hospital for more than a week before she was released on Aug. 4 to enter an in-patient treatment facility, later going to Chicago for further treatment.
“I can honestly say today that she is doing really well. She’s happy, she’s healthy,” De La Garza affirms. “She’s working on her sobriety and she’s getting the help she needs, and that in itself encourages me about her future and about the future of our family.”